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Awful Crime Committed Near Butte,
Cabin of the Watchman at Walkerville
Reservoir Was Found in Flames and
the Charred Body of a Little Girl
Was Discovered in the Ruins
Butte, Mont.— Evelyn Blewett, aged
9 years, daughter of Mrs. Blewett, a
widow of Walker ville, was assaulted
and murdered in the cabin of the
watchman at the Walkervllle reservoir.
The place is believed to have been
set on fire with the evident purpose of
concealing the evidence of the crime.
John Warne, the watchman, who Is 71
years old, is under arrest, charged with
the murder, and in the excited state of
feeling at Walkerville tonignt there
would be a lynching if the prisoner
could be gotten at.
At 2:30 o'clock this afternoon the
cabin of Warne was seen to be In
flames, and the Walkerville fire de
partment was called out. When the
apparatus arrived, accompanied by a
large crowd of citizens, Warns was
standing outside the cabin, apparently
unconcerned. He had not even raised
an alarm. By the time the fire depart
ment could get water on the cabin it
was practically in ruins.
It was not until ten minutes after
the arrival of the department that
Warne told the firemen there was a
little girl inside. Some of those pres
ent made a rush for the door, and
within, on a bed, they found the body
of the girl. It was badly burned, one
foot falling off as the rescuers picked
the child from the bed. Upon getting
the body outside it was seen that the
child's neck was broken and her skull
crushed in.
Marshal Kennedy of Walkerville was
in the crowd, and at once arrested
Warne. He managed, with great dif
ficulty, to get the man away from the
scene, as the crowd had already begun
to talk of lynching. On the way to
the county jail, in this city, Warne
said the girl had turned over a gasoline
stove. Since then he has refused to
Tonight, when the story got to be
more widely Known and there were
more men away from work, active
steps were taken to organize a lynch
ing party. At the county jail it was
stated that the sheriff, fearing some
thing of the kind, had taken his pris
oner to the penitentiary at Deer Lodge
for safe keeping.
Russian Duties on American Iron
London, April 8. — According to the
St. Petersburg correspondent of the
Daily Mail, import duties for Vladl
vostock have been raised on all Amer
ican iron, steel and machinery.
Soldiers Are Punished
WASHINGTON.— Major Mac Arthur
has taken stern measures to prevent
the murder of innocent Filipinos by
American soldiers.
Secretary Root received from Gen
eral Mac Arthur a report of a crime of
peculiar atrocity committed by Privates
Edward M. Brodie and James F. Cof
fee, of Troop C. of the Third Cavalry.
Brodie and Coffey were tried for mur
der and sentenced to be confined at
hard labor for life.
Commenting upon the case, General
Mac Arthur said: "The evidence upon
record is conclusive that they, in a
spirit of wantonness, murdered by
shooting a harmless boy whom they
met on the highway. The taking of
the life of this innocent being was un
der circumstances as shown upon the
record a crime of peculiar atrocity that
might be viewed with horror by the
mast debased savage.
As soldiers in the army of the United
States they should have been helpers
and defenders of the innocent. Return
ing alone from a tour of detached
duty to the station of their troop, they,
in wantonness, perpetrated this crime
for which any penalty known to law
is not too great a punishment."
False Alarm
Walla Walla, Wash.— Chris Ennis of
this city yesterday received an anony
mous letter addressed to himself and
Father M. Flohr jointly, directing that
if the sum of $2000 was not deposited
at a designated spot in a field adjoin
ing the penitentiary grounds by 9
o'clock last night a story would be
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given circulation which would brand
them both as ghouls.
The letter was at once placed in the
hands of the police, and at 'the time
stated in the letter two officers re*
paired to the place where the demand
waa made that the money be placed,
but no one appeared.
The statement made in the letter Is
that Ennis and Father Flohr exhumed
the remains of George Thomas, who is
supposed to have committed suicide by
drowning himself in the Spokane river,
and who had been interred in the Cath
olic cemetery contrary to the creed of
the Catholic church. Both Ennis and
the priest deny that anything of the
kind ever occurred.
To Sustain Market
SPOKANE, Wash.— lt was announced
that the output of lead and silver of
the Coeur d'Alene district of North
ern Idaho is to be restricted to sus
tain the market. The smelters have
50,000 tons of reserve, twice as large
a surplus as is necessary. The reduc
tion will amount to 25 per cent.
Governor Hunt has returned from
a trip through the district where the
riot two years ago made martial law
necessary. He says the district Is paci
fied and martial law is declared off.
One Day's Shipment
From Southern California The follow
ing shipments of citrus fruit have been
April 5, oranges.. 11l cars
April 5, lemons 9 care
Grand total for the season since No
vember 1, 1900, being 13.824 cars; of
this total 888 cars of lemons are in
Fight> Death
Santiago de Cuba, April 6.— Stench
and buzzards revealed the bodies of
two Cubans in the mountains sixteen
miles from this city last night by a
native coffee pack train, which arrived
here this morning. The men had
fought to the death with macnetes and
knives. One man had his head at the
other's throat; the other man had his
knife in his opponent's breast. They
were both terribly mutilated.
The men were recognized as neigh
boring countrymen who were returning
from the city with mule loads of mer
chandise. The fatal quarrel occurred
while they were camped by the side
of the trail.
Raising Hogs on Alfalfa
Pork production in Utah has not
been a profitable branch of the live
stock industry, but with the introduc
tion of creameries and cheese factories,
creating a large by-product of skini
milk and whey, it has been found
profitable to raise a limited number of
hogs. Corn, of course, is largely out of
tlie question as food in most sectioiiHnf
the state, but there is tin abundance
of alfalfa, some bran and shorts. The
Utah experiment .station instituted a
number of tests in pork production,
and these are reported in bulletin No.
70. These experiments show that fat
tening hogs can be economical ly'acconl
plished on pasture in connection with
v grain ration. Pigs running on pas
ture with partial grain rations produced
gains at the least cost per hundred
pounds. In the quantity of grain re
quired tor 100 pounds of gain, the pigs
given one-fourth grain ration excelled
in every test and gave the highest per
centage of profit. Alfalfa without other
food, whether pastured by pigs or out
and fed to them in pens, furnishes only
enough nutriment for bare mainten
ance. When additional food was given
the rates of gain were equally propor
tioned to the extra quantities they re
ceived. Alfalfa proved to be a splendid
supplementary food in connection with
bran and grain. Alfalfa hay and sugar
beets each gave profitable remiltH in
connection with limited grain ration
in winter.
Tj Make Oleo
A new company has) been formed at
Chicago, capitalized at $1,000,000 to
manufacture oleo, taking over the ex
tensive plant of an unoccupied packing
house. J. J. Murry is president of the
new company, which it is said, will
turn out 50,000 pounds of oleo daily.
So much for courage over the defeat
of the Grout bill.
| The National Irrigation Survey Soon to
Be Started
A Method for Disposing of Old Bones
and Ashes— Value of Subsoiling—
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Large shipments of nursery stock
are being made from Orange county to
Phoenix, Ariz.
There are five cheese factories at San
Felipe, Santa Clara county which turn
out 10,000 pounds of cheese weekly.
Texas papers are bragging about
cabbage heads weighing 15 pounds, and
onions measuring 17 inches in circum
ference. That's nothing; ask Murdock
of Westminster how about cauliflowers
that you can dance on.
American Gardening ridicules the ef
forts being made to have a law passed
by the New York Legislature to protect
purchasers of nursery stock against
San Jose scale. When we remember
the vast expense and labor and loss im
posed upon California fruit growers by
the scale, their fumigating tents, cya
niio washes, and sprays innumerable,
are forcible reminders that regulations
can hardly be too stringent, if they
will regulate; and protection too
costly, if it protects. Will a method
prove effective? Is the only sensible
question that properly applies in this
A large amount of bone will accumu
late about a family residence; also P
large amount of wood ashes. These
combined form a most valuable fertil
izer for fruit of all kinds, especially
grapes. The bone may be broken in
small pieces and mixed with the soil
about the roots of trees and vines, or
the bones may be mixed with the ashes,
when they will be dissolved, and the
mass scattered on the surface. A
method we once used with a very
marked effect was to punch holes in
the ground around (he trees and vines
with a hand spike, a dozen or more
holes to each tree, from four to eight
inches deep, and then, with a basket of
broken bones, drop in each hole a
handful of small pieces, or one or two
large pieces. Holes enough for one
large tree can be made in one minute,
the bones introduced in a little more
than a minute, and one stroke with a
hoe will fill each hole. Ashes are best
applied on the surface.
National Irrigation Survey
The recent news from Washington
that several parties from the United
States Geological Survey, comprising
in all about 100 men, will begin early
in April to work on the California-Ne
vada border is of vast importance to
the two states mentioned, and of al
most equal interest to the whole conn
try. It is the inauguration of a i.a
tional system of irrigation, which will
not end with this generation, though
in thirty years the whole face of ll:e
western half of the country can be
According to the dispatch this initia
tive work is expected to involve tuc
ultimate expenditure of about $L) 000
,-000, distributed over a peria:l o e ten
years, and of course there will be au
immense amount of labor required. It
is stated that it is propose 1 1o build
large reservoirs on the California side
of the border line, the water to serve
in reclamation of fertile lands on both
sides of the mountains. The first work
done will be mainly along the Truckee,
Carson and Kalker rivers. They will
measure the volume of the streams,
the capacity of the reservoirs and esti
mate the cost of construction. They
will also ascertain in what valleys the
water can be used to the best advan
tage. — Los Angeles Herald.
Areas of Profitable Cultivation
What is in some respects the most
important work of the Division of
Pomology, namely, the accurate map
ping of the districts adapted to the
commercially profitable culture of the
important fruits, still remains practi
cally untouched, and cannot be under
taken until a larger appropriation is
available. Thousands of acres of trees
and vines are annually planted on soils
and sites manifestly unsuitable be
cause of adverse conditions of Roil or
climate or of the prevalence of disas
trous diseases.
The data obtainable at the present
time bearing upon this question con
slst chiefly of disconnected reports
from growers more or less isolated, and
until systematic field work can be un
dertaken, accurate outlining of fruit
districts is impossible. On the other
hand, a rapid personal survey of doubt
ful areas by skilled observers, in con
nection with the acucmulated data, and
such incidental investigations of soils,
prevailing plant diseases, and perhaps
of injurious Insects as may bo found
necessary, would yield results of imme
: dlate and great value to fruit growers.
! Acting Pomologlst W. A. Taylor In lil«
last report urges that this work be
undertaken at an early date by the
Division, in co-operation with the Di
visions of Soils and Vegetable Physi
ology and Pathology and the State ox
i perlment stations, and recommended
i that an appropriation be made for the
1 purpose. The great utility of the sug
. gested work needs no presentation.
Value of Subsoiling
! Walnut and prune trees grown on
I Gen. Charles Forman's ranch at Toluca
without irrigation show conclusively
the remarkable results of subsoiling in
j winter when the ground is moist
enough to yield to the plow, and of
: thorough tillage throughout the sea-
I son. Gen. Forman has a very large
i subsoil plow, which requires four big
\ horses even when the ground Is In
good condition; but results show that
\ it is far better on his land to cultivate
I deeply and thoroughly than to irrl
: gate.— Los Angeles Herald.
' An Excellent Recipe
An old-fashioned buscuit, very pop
ular in ante-bellum days, were those
made by adding sweet potato to the
dough. Below we give the recipe:
! Wash and boil six sweet potatoes
with peeling on; when soft take them
out, peel and mash through a coarse
sieve. Sift one quart of flour and with
it one teaspoonful of soda; add on-;
pint of the potato, to which has been
| added a heaping teaspoonful of s'ujar,
I three tablespoonsful of lard, salt and
buttermilk to make a rather stiff
; dough; mix thoroughly, mould and
| bake in a quick oven. They should be
paten hot with fresh bi. r.
Timely Work
Everything now in the orchard
should be done with a view to the
summer irrigation. Everywhere for
the past few weeks the idea has been
to get the soil well wet while water
is plenty and it goes further than in
the heat of summer. Many who de
spaired of having more rain and were
waiting for it in order to finish up the
regular winter work have gone to work
and irrigated. This was a compara
tively easy job where the land was
left furrowed out in case of such an
emergency as has arisen, but where the
land was left flat and allowed to get
hard and grow up to weeds it was not
so easy to furrow and get ready. Those
who still waited will probably have
an opportunity. Whatever weather
may come the cultivator must be kept
going and the soil kept mellow if the
best results are desired.— California
Rooting Cuttings
We have noticed grape cuttings
planted with from six inches to a fool
sticking out of the ground. There is
no root to supply moisture to this and
it is better if cut off at the surface of
the ground. Where cuttings sixteen
inches long or more are used, it ""'
do to leave one bud above the ;
and the next at the surface. 1
length is ten inches or a fo(
inches is better if the ground
loose and moist. Set the cuu.
stralght up and down and cover thi.
top bud with loose earth. In land that
is apt to dry out, a longer cutting ia
better. We could never sec the utility
of planting a long cutting at an angle
of forty-five degrees, so as to get the
bottom nearer the surface. Hetter get
it close by making it shorter and have
the vine straight to begin with. Then
when the young vine is planted In the
vineyard, it will not need any extra
training to start it in the way U
should go. Cuttings that arc already
planted and have not started should
be cut off at the surface, even if the
top bud is not in sight. It will come
through if the surface is not allowed
to pack. In a wet climate or where
land is liable to bo flooded. It will be
better to have the ends of Mie cuttings
project a couple inches, so that they
will not fill with water and rot.— Cal
ifornia Cultivator,

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